There is renewed interest today in the study of early North American antislavery, and thus Quakers. Yet the French Atlantic dimension of Quakerism has been left unexplored. We thus found it useful to focus on the Atlantic world of Huguenot Anthony Benezet, a mere schoolteacher and the first antislavery propagandist of modern times. Benezet was born in Saint-Quentin in 1713, then left for France eventually to settle in Philadelphia where he converted to the Quaker faith. His antislavery ideas later had a major influence on Quaker communities in North America , but also other antislavery activists on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean at the end of the eighteenth century.
The conference will address a number of questions. The first will bear on France, the Huguenots and their Diaspora in its diversity.A second theme in the conference will be the connection between the social and the spiritual history of colonial North America. A final theme will be the antislavery struggle of North-American Quakers. It will be held May 30 and 31, June 1, 2013 in Paris (Universities Paris Diderot and Paris 8-Vincennes). Send a one page CV + proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org. Further info at: email@example.com
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